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Why some women can’t orgasm

A new study has tackled the myth that some women cannot achieve orgasms because of their attitude towards sex, by highlighting that anatomy plays and important role.

The ability of a man to experience an orgasm comes down to a balancing act between the parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body when it is resting, and the sympathetic nervous system, which triggers the “fight or flight” mechanism, according to researchers.

But for females, the composition of her body and how the penis, or other stimulant, enters the body is more important, explains Dr Elizabeth Emhardt, based at the Indiana University School of Medicine, and lead author of the study published in the journal ‘Clinical Anatomy’.

“Sexual experiences are assumed to be in your control based on your attitude: your confidence, your ability to trust, your openness,” she argued.

Instead, the study showed that differences in sexual anatomy are the “foundation for differences in sexual experience.”

Dr Emhardt went on to suggest that people may not be “control of our sexual experiences as much as we once thought.”

She concluded: “Orgasms are complex phenomena involving psychological, physiological, and anatomic variation.”


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